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Main Entry: flaunt
Pronunciation: 'flont, 'flänt
Function: verb
Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flana to rush around
Date: 1566
intransitive verb
1 : to display or obtrude oneself to public notice <a great flaunting crowd -- Charles Dickens>
2 : to wave or flutter showily <the flag flaunts in the breeze>
transitive verb
1 : to display ostentatiously or impudently : PARADE <flaunting his superiority>
2 : to treat contemptuously <flaunted the rules -- Louis Untermeyer>
synonym see SHOW
- flaunt noun
- flaunt·ing·ly /'flon-ti[ng]-lE, 'flän-/ adverb
- flaunty /-tE/ adjective
usage Although transitive sense 2 of flaunt undoubtedly arose from confusion with flout, the contexts in which it appears cannot be called substandard <meting out punishment to the occasional mavericks who operate rigged games, tolerate rowdyism, or otherwise flaunt the law -- Oscar Lewis> <observed with horror the flaunting of their authority in the suburbs, where men...put up buildings that had no place at all in a Christian commonwealth -- Marchette Chute> <in our profession...very rarely do we publicly chastise a colleague who has flaunted our most basic principles -- R. T. Blackburn, AAUP Bulletin>. If you use it, however, you should be aware that many people will consider it a mistake. Use of flout in the sense of flaunt 1 is found occasionally <"The proper pronunciation," the blonde said, flouting her refined upbringing, "is pree feeks" -- Mike Royko>.

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\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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